A unique tapestry exhibition has been launched at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

The event, which has been funded by the NHSGGC Endowments, showcases a collection of handcrafted tapestries created by patients, staff, volunteers and members of the public to reflect their personal stories and experiences.

The Gazette: Tapestry work on displayTapestry work on display (Image: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde)

The exhibition, in partnership with Renfrewshire Tapestry Group, is an opportunity for members of the community, staff and patients and to take their mind away from the hospital setting while promoting health and wellbeing through the arts.

Paula Reynolds, NHS24 nurse and lead stitcher, outlined how important a role the arts can have in promoting positive health outcomes through engagement. 

She said: "This exhibition will help patients in the hospital and will provide an alternative environment away from the ward settings.

The Gazette: Andrew Crummy MBEAndrew Crummy MBE (Image: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde)

"I am hosting a number of drop-in tapestry session over the coming weeks as part of the exhibition and I would encourage both patients and members of the public to get involved. Embroidery can be very therapeutic and can play a big role in positive health and wellbeing, as can all art.

"It is fantastic to see the examples of great tapestry work at the exhibition and a lot of credit has to be given to the Renfrewshire Tapestry group for the work that they do.

"If you would like to get involved in tapestry, or who would like to see the exhibition, please come along to one of our drop in sessions. All materials will be free with assistance provided to help you start your tapestry journey."

The Gazette: Tapestry work at the exhibitionTapestry work at the exhibition (Image: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde)

Ahead of World Community Arts Day on Friday, February 17, MBE and lead artist Andrew Crummy from the Renfrewshire Tapestry Group spent the day at the exhibition.

Jackie Sands, senior arts and health improvement lead for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: "It was fantastic to welcome Andrew to the tapestry exhibition at the RAH.

"It really does highlight the role community art, artists and creativity plays in supporting health and wellbeing and we were delighted Andrew could come along today.

The Gazette: Paula Reynolds and Jackie SandsPaula Reynolds and Jackie Sands (Image: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde)

"I would like to extend my thanks to Paula who has volunteered her time for the drop in sessions while balancing a job as an NHS24 nurse.

"The Renfrewshire Tapestry Group have also played a colossal role in the exhibition and I cannot thank them enough for their dedicated time."

The Tapestry exhibition will be on display until the end of April, with drop in sessions running almost every week until Thursday, April 13.